A Day Off

Yes, it really is a day off. That means no cleaning, no laundry – none of the “usual” chores and no hiking.

Well – no hiking doesn’t constitute a day off. I’d rather have been hiking. However, I admit that it was also nice to lie down on the couch after dinner for a nice, long nap – much longer than my usual power naps. Felt mighty good. And then, when I finally rustled up the motivation to go into the garden to check on the weed situation, it was cold (!!??) and raining.

WTF! I said to myself (loudly). It was supposed to be warm and sunny. And then I reminded myself that every “supposed to be” warm and sunny day lately has turned out cold and cloudy and I felt much better (not).

The puppies had a lovely walk on the Galena Trail today – where we bumped into Nicky and Rori. And I did manage to get almost everything we needed for out backpacking trip on Friday – except for the fact that the local VPO apparently doesn’t stock things that outdoor people might need, like water purification tabs, bug spray and electrolytes. Really?

Sigh. I think we have enough to see us through. But on my next trip to Nelson, I’ll certainly be dealing with that VPO – not this one.

Last night I had a chance to get out to dinner with some of our neighbours. I thought Coco and Paul were pretty awesome. I realized that I felt like the youngest person there. Also realized that talking about other people (gossip?) is something I don’t ever want to do – or listen to.

And this afternoon, after talking to Pam and reviving many old feelings of inadequacy and failure, I have a chance to dig deeper into me – who I am, what I’m all about, where my vulnerabilities lie – an opportunity to grow. I find that the older I get, the more I am becoming an introvert. Or perhaps, not becoming, but owning who I am. There are times when all I want to do is sit alone in an alpine meadow and stare at mountain peaks. That’s where I feel peace unlike any I can otherwise know.

I like the idea of having an impact on others in a big dramatic way. But in real life, the truth is softer, more personal – a quieter thing altogether.

I think.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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4 Responses to A Day Off

  1. Pat says:

    Hi Goody, I think that the introspection I (we) get from nature is an appreciation of the beauty around us. By being still, we can absorb the sights sounds and smells of the forest and wildlife. When I’m with people hiking, I tend to overlook or be distracted by my fellow hikers. It’s all about balance! Many folks, like me do not have the time to truly appreciate the beauty around us. My tuppence worth! Cheers, Pat

  2. goodyniosi says:

    thank you – your tuppence is valued and appreciated 🙂

  3. BS says:

    Introvert? You? Pfffftt! You’re just a quieted extrovert.

  4. goodyniosi says:

    Or maybe an introvert disguised as an extrovert?😀

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